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Lake City (Florida)
Suwannee River Adventure: Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking and Folklore in Florida
Kayak one of the South’s most historic rivers — the Suwannee. Enjoy folklore, music and regional cuisine with locals as you dive into this outdoor adventure.
Program No. 8116RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 5 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lake City, FL
D
Days Inn, Lake City

Dinner: Dinner at Nelly Bly's Kitchen in Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

Evening: Welcome, orientation and introductions

DAY
2
White Springs, Suwannee Valley Folklife & Lore, Big Shoals
Lake City, FL
B,L,D
Days Inn, Lake City

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in hotel lobby. Juice, muffins, fruit, cereal, toast, coffee.

Morning: Lecture and demonstration on turpentining, an important early industry in the region. Collector talks about the tools and methods developed through trial and error to extract gum from Florida's pine forests. Lecture on the Suwannee Valley Folklife and Folklore. Local resident folklorist tells stories of the early days in a humorous way.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Big Shoals Public Lands

Afternoon: Guided nature walk along the Suwannee River with Park Staff Gary Erixton who can identify most of the plant and animal life in the area as well as tree and plant identification.

Dinner: Enjoy a local specialty, a chicken pileau dinner, cooked by members of the local community. This is a chicken and rice dish served with side dishes and a desert.

Evening: Local band with a variety of music and dance.

DAY
3
Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Canoe & Kayak, Local Life
Lake City, FL
B,L,D
Days Inn, Lake City

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in hotel lobby.

Morning: We'll travel by van to Ichetucknee Springs State Park. We'll take a short hike to see the sapphire-blue, first-magnitude headspring called "Blue Hole" and talk about the pressures of development in the Ichetucknee Springs River Basin. There is usually time to tour the "short trail" of Ichetucknee Park before lunch. This trail is approximately 1/2 mile long and touches on several milestones related to the development of the area. Another option for the less active is to visit with your friends until lunch is served. If you dare to brave the cold, you can take a short swim in the spring.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on Ichetucknee River

Afternoon: After lunch, board our canoes and kayaks for a trip down this amazing, crystal clear river.

Dinner: Potluck/covered dish dinner in local church with regional foods.

Evening: Local speaker discusses growing up in White Springs, Florida during the 1940s-1960s.

DAY
4
Stephen Foster, White Springs Low Country, Free Time
Lake City, FL
B,L
Days Inn, Lake City

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at the park.

Morning: Join us as we go "BackinTyme" with Florida's Storytellers and historian as they don period dress to perform stories and songs of the 19th Century. Then we'll tour the Museum and Carillon Tower at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

Lunch: A White Springs Low Country Boil will be held in the park.

Afternoon: Free afternoon and evening! Take the self-guided walking tour of White Springs, see the revival antebellum architecture of the park, and enjoy a leisurely afternoon close by. Travel south to Gainesville to visit world-class botanical gardens, natural history museum, art museum, the University of Florida (now known as Gator Nation) or enjoy the big-city shopping mall. Travel east to Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, site of Florida's largest Civil War battle and located within Osceola National Forest where you'll see colonies of red-cockaded woodpeckers. Travel southwest to the Gulf to beautiful Cedar Key or the fishing village of Steinhatchee where Roy's serves up the best seafood in Florida! For a less ambitious tour, remain in Lake City where you can visit the local history museum and stroll through downtown shops, antique stores, and dine at some of the local restaurants.

DAY
5
Food Potluck, Canoe & Kayaking Trip, White Springs' History
Lake City, FL
B,L,D
Days Inn, Lake City

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in hotel lobby.

Morning: Folklife of the Suwannee River: Potluck food demonstration and tasting, anything from Mayhaw jelly making and Tasting to Biscuit or pie making. Subject matter will range from farming to working in the fields and orchards to ancestry roots. Jams and Jellies will be available for purchase.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on Suwannee River

Afternoon: After lunch we'll travel to the canoe launch nearby to begin our trip on the Suwannee River. We'll complete our trip on the Suwannee, exploring the dark tannic water, high limestone cliffs, and maybe spotting a gator or otter!

Dinner: Dinner at local church.

Evening: A local resident will share some of White Springs' history and then we'll enjoy traditional Gospel Singing as often heard in the Bible Belt.

DAY
6
Hands-On Craft Activities, Fish Fry, Program Concludes
Lake City, FL
B,L

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in hotel lobby.

Morning: The morning begins with a demonstration on identifying, preparing and cooking swamp cabbage. Then we'll divide into small classes where you'll have time to try your hand at making a pine needle basket, palmetto weaving, blacksmithing, home canning, or a quilting demonstration.

Lunch: Lunch at the park will be a north Florida "cracker" style meal, with fried catfish, hushpuppies, swamp cabbage, grits and cole slaw.

Afternoon: Program ends around 1 PM, after lunch.